I talk to people all the time about my Lord and Savior and we calmly discuss with love and compassion like Paul suggest we all do about our salvation. We spur each other to wanting to learn more each day how we can serve Him better. This topic came up the other night and I feel like I need to add a little more to our conversation after I got home and prayed, He directed me to the right scripture to help me say what He wanted to say. His words are so much better than mine. Thank you Jesus!
Jesus says if you are not born again you will not receive the Kingdom in Heaven. John 3v3 "I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." So if you are born again do we still sin? Romans 6 v 10 For the light of the fact that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in light of the fact that He lives, He lives to God.11So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
I have talked to some Children of God and I ask them if they still sin and they say not every day but unconsciously I might and I always ask for forgiveness from my Heavenly Father because I know I am only human and because I am still human I may sin. There are people that are so close to our Heavenly Father and they may not sin everyday but who are we to think they are right or wrong because God knows their heart and their life shows what they believe. I admire people that love God so much that there life has been taken over by Him, they grow with Him in every situation, in every person they meet and decision they make. We tend to not understand those people because we think they are terrible because they say they don't consciously sin. Romans 6 v 2 How can we who died to sin still live in it?
I know myself ask God to forgive me for each sin I commit and I learn from it through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit equips me with everything I need not to commit that sin again. I grow through the Holy Spirit, I just do not keep on sinning. If I do I have not received the Holy Spirit. Romans 6v14 For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace.
If you are someone that doubts all the time, worries all the time, jealous of someone all the time, shows malice or hatred toward someone, or expects admiration from men for all your accomplishments then are you someone that has the Holy Spirit? Some think you can go on being this way and ask for for forgiveness and keep right on living the same and you are going to Heaven because you are saved by words "I believe in Christ", because you are baptized, and because you go to Church every Sunday. Romans 8 v 3-5 He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin's domain and as a sin offering 4 in order that the law's requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.5 For those who live according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, think about the things of the Spirit.
If you are always worried and always doubt most likely you have not received the Holy Spirit,but do not give up. Keep asking for His guidance and love and ask Him to help you with your unbelief, He will send you enough of His Spirit to overcome anything the world throws at you. Remember what Jesus said in John 16 v 33 I have told you these thing so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world." The world meaning anything and everything that keeps us from God, including our flesh, meaning ourselves.
I use to worry, have doubt, guilt and was consumed by the worlds acceptance, then I decided to control my own world by my own rules in who I was. I was going to be what I wanted to be and no one would ever hurt me. That made everything worse, I was more lost then before. I learned our best in ourselves is not good enough. It will only turn into something else God has nothing to do with. Our only salvation is through Jesus Christ when we receive the Holy Spirit. This is my believing in Him and all of what He says and does. 1 John 4v13 This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us: He has given assurance to us from His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent His Son as the world's Savior. 16 And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one whoremains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. If God is in us, how can we sin? So keep as close to Him as spiritually possible not humanly possible. Try to always remember like Jesus says in Mathew 19 v 26 "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
People tell me all the time we can not remain in Him so we do sin and we are forgiven. I am convinced like Paul, in Romans 8 v 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
A Pharisee (expert in the law and a religious leader) tested Jesus with this question, "Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Mathew 22 v 37 - 40, Jesus replied: "Love your Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments."
I believe if you do not seek to posses these two commandments you will not receive the Holy Spirit. When I first started understanding these two commandments, and all scripture written since time began is based on these two scriptures, then I began understanding my Lord, and through His mercy of forgiveness I was given the Holy Spirit. Now through the results of having the Holy Spirit my life has changed drastically. My life is His to do with what ever He wants. You must remember He loves us all, it is us that love Him differently. I love Him every minute because everything I do is out of love for Him. When I speak to every one, the work I do, through raising my children, and everything else in my life is a love prayer to Him for all that He has given me. I have been reborn; from a daily sinner, a daily worrier, and a daily controller, to a daily lover of Christ, a daily worshiper of Christ and a daily follower of Christ. Through Christ I have been given a relationship with my Heavenly Father. This is what the Holy Spirit does, it gives you that relationship. Seek the Holy Spirit through prayer, reading your Bible and showing Him your determination of getting to know him through all distractions, put Him first and all other things will be put in there proper place. We all have the opportunity to be Gods children. Like John says in 1 John 3 v 8 The one who commits sins of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil's works. 9 Everyone who has been born of God does not sin, becuase His seed remains in him; he is not able to sin, because he has been born of God. 10 This is how God's childen- and the Devil's children-are made evident. So do you believe we are saved without the Holy Spirit, I do not. I was taught this only through God teaching me not any other source. Thank you Jesus for everything you have given me and making me all of who I AM.
As always this is what God has taught me through my journey, let Him teach you through your own journey and we will meet someday in the same place!! I only write for Him so you may be enticed to get to know Him. All my love and many prayers to all who read this.